In the past, through its portfolio of category-killer, industry-defining domain names, ZipSmart sites hosted geography-based directories and allowed companies to own their zip code online for products and services and – in the process – to generate customer leads.
Today, with Google’s Panda and Penguin updates and with Google+ Places’ being prioritized at the top of Google search results, ZipSmart has had to completely rethink its business.
Jake Ackerman, the founder of ZipSmart, came on DomainSherpa.com more than two years ago to talk about his fast-growing company. We’ve caught back up with this entrepreneur to see how his business model has changed and hear about the challenges he’s facing today.
April 15, 2013 5
Over the past year of interviews, investor after investor has told DomainSherpa their No. 1 tactic for selling domain names for top dollar: Don’t be a motivated seller.
It is a tactic that works anywhere around the world and for any range of domain name value. In this video compilation, learn more about this simple but effective tactic as told by three experts: Rick Schwartz, Page Howe and Adam Dicker.
February 27, 2012 17
Page Howe did not start domaining in the mid-1990s like so many other mega-domainers who have sold domain names for millions. Instead, he started just when the market was crashing in 2001 by buying the assets of a dot-com burnout through eBay for $105,000. He later sold those assets for $1.8 million.
As a regular “Joe Domainer” – in fact, he named his domain name marketplace JoeDomains.com – Howe uses a very structured approach to successfully buy and sell domain names in the under $5,000 range. The entire interview is packed full of great tips, so be sure to grab a pen and pad of paper before watching this show.
October 25, 2011 14
Jake Ackerman had a real estate business that died when the real estate bubble burst in 2008. With 20,000 zip codes sold to date at ZipSmart.com, Jake’s back on a comeback with a run rate of $500,000 and a goal to hit $1 million in 2011.
March 22, 2011 13